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  1. niko

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    the amazing thing with film cameras is you can buy what was the top off the range camera for peanuts, a few more peanuts than it used to be but still cheap. its great to play with fun toys. only one is needed to take pictures but i am an enthusiast so dont have to justify buissness costs, if i was a pro its digi i would be using and its just not film:eek::D
     
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  2. MikeFromLFE

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    I've just taken delivery of number 50.
    It's a Lubitel 2 and looks to be in pretty good shape - even if the case stinks like it's been in a damp cellar for the last 50 years!
     
  3. Hugh Jarse

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    I plead the 5th and the right not to incrimiate my self but can someone explain to me why I now have 3 x Pentax MX bodies.....one just came up locally for £20.... the 50mm f/1.7 was an extra fiver!

    Still got ny first Digital - Kodak DC25

    http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Kodak_DC25

    Cameras - such an addiction
     
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  4. StephenM

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    I plead that I regard cameras as tools, and very few people would be happy if the only tool they had was a hammer - even if you can use it for banging in screws and save on buying a screwdriver...

    Given that different camera types have different advantages and disadvantages (from 35mm easy to carry, quick to use, small negatives which set a limit on print size; large format slow to use, big negatives, relatively expensive film) then it's reasonable to have a spread of camera types. I have 35mm SLRs, a medium format TLR (bigger negatives, no viewfinder blackout at the moment of exposure so you can watch for the film version of blinkies :D), medium format SLRs (viewfinder blackout after exposure as no instant return mirror but easy to see exactly what you're getting at close distances) and a few large format cameras.

    Even more than one within a type can be reasonable, without considering the question of a spare as backup. 35mm SLRs come as small and light, no battery required (OM1) up to bigger heavier brutes where you can change the pentaprism finder for a waist level finder (handy for some jobs) or prisms that allow you to wear (sun)glasses and still see all the screen. My three 5x4 cameras (I'm expecting a fourth soon) vary according to bellows draw (which determines the longest and shortest focal length lenses you can use) and weight - from 1.6kg to 2.9kg. They also vary in ease of setting up and smoothness of operation.

    I think that I currently have 1 half frame, 2 compact 35mm cameras (one with a zoom lens, the other that amazing small and easy to pocket Olympus XA), 13 35mm SLRs, 1 6x6 TLR, 2 6x7 SLRs (one out on loan for so long that I don't know if I still own it :)), 3 5x4s and 1 10x8. Plus a sub miniature whose special film has an expiry date of 1963 and a couple of box cameras.
     
  5. ChrisR

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    Makes perfect sense, specially if one (or more) of them is black. One for b&w, one for C41, one for E6!
     
  6. dmb

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    Wrong. The critical mass is 1.000001 where the mass of a sideways glance is 0.0000005
     
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  7. soeren

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    Yes offcource. I should have written critical number
     
  8. redsnappa

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    The good thing about owning multiple cameras is that you are always right in the "What Camera threads"
     
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  9. freecom2

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    Those MX bodies are great cameras. I find it hard to turn down bargains like that (but have to!)
     
  10. Hugh Jarse

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    My favourite 35mm. Built to be very strong but the winder springs can be a problem.

    I have loads of M bodies (ME, ME Super, ME- F etc Pentax 645, 67 and lenses etc

    Other kit too!
     
  11. ChrisR

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    I now hav a MX, a LX and a ME I bought from new. The latter has a problem with the wind-on lever, and basically destroys the film at the end of the roll! Miles said he couldn't fix it as he didn't have the parts. Not sure I'd use it much if I did get it fixed, as A priority only doesn't much appeal... OTOH I don't think I'd ever get rid of it, so maybe I should treat it to a service somewhere else!
     
  12. excalibur2

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    If you see the Chinon CP-7m going for peanuts (got mine for £7 inc postage) you should try it, and can set to manual as well. I think it is a very good camera but as I've only had it for a year or so have no idea of long term reliability, but then if you get it cheap................

    http://cjo.info/classic-cameras/chinon-cp-7m/
    https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums...on-cp-7m-35-mm-slr-camera-body-worldwide.html
     
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  13. freecom2

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    Would it be possible to get a donor camera with a working transport mechanism, and transplant that into your camera? Especially if your ME has sentimental value.
     
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  14. ChrisR

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    That's probably a very good idea!
     
  15. Mark Johnson

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    I just like to get to know how to handle and get the best out of ONE.

    having said that, I do have two, but one is an Underwater Camera (TG-5), just in case I want to go for a swim...............:)
     
  16. Carl Hall

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    Depends if you're taking photos just for the results, or for the enjoyment of taking them as well. If I just wanted to get a good photo then I think two or three different ones would be enough, but for me walking around with something different is part of the fun. Sometimes I want to use a TLR, other times I fancy using a large format camera, and occasionally I just want to us an SLR.

    Just because a camera is a tool to do a job, doesn't mean that you can't enjoy using different ones. We eat food so that we don't starve, but no one eats the same meal every day of their life.
     
  17. Hugh Jarse

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    The guy at Harrow Tech did a great job a while back on my best MX. The winder was ‘sticky’ and had a full service too.

    http://harrowtechnical.co.uk/

    Might be worth a call.

    Steve
     
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    But on a positive note http://www.asahiphoto.co.uk/ are still active, also ex Pentax guys and based just down the road from me in Brentford, they’ve done the servicing on my Pentax 67’s and been reliable and quick.
     
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  20. freecom2

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    Can still be contacted by email and may operate a reduced service - worth contacting them still.
     
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  21. Steve Smith

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    I have about seventy.


    Steve.
     
  22. RaglanSurf

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    @ChrisR might be worth you contacting them about your camera if you feel like getting it working again.
     
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  23. Shaun Palmer

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    I think Steve is winning so far, any advance on 70?
     
  24. Hugh Jarse

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    I really don’t want to win the ‘I am the most daft award’, I have already got the tee shirt....
     
  25. gert

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    I only own 6 cameras.
     
  26. excalibur2

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    What about detachable lenses i.e. not fixed to the camera......I've got about 95 at a rough count for 26 SLR cameras. Might seem a lot, but not much when you consider some of the 26 cameras have more than one 50mm lenses. e.g Canon FD 50mm and Canon FDn 50mm.
     

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